Author: Kristi Nohavec PE AIA LEED AP
Title: Driving Change: Omaha's Mobile Learning Unit
Category: Empowering Lives
Description: Digital equity is the idea that everyone, no matter their economic circumstances, should have the technological means to participate in society. To address the need for digital equity in North Omaha, Omaha Public Schools commissioned LEO A DALY to design a prototype Mobile Learning Unit – a STEM classroom on wheels that brings wi-fi, device access, and educational programs to students and their families. The prototype Mobile Learning Unit was converted from an existing bookmobile, and predominantly serves two elementary schools in North Omaha: Kennedy and Wakonda. In addition to expanding student access to digital technology and wi-fi, it also addresses digital literacy among parents. This critical component of the Mobile Learning Unit program ensures that parents can help their children navigate the internet is a positive and safe way. In “Driving Change,” educators, administrators, architects, designers and fabricators share the story of the Mobile Learning Unit – its goals, design challenges and impacts on the community. It is a collaboration between LEO A DALY, Omaha Public Schools and local filmmaker Cody Jones.